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The collection consists of papers of William McKinley Rigdon from 1930-1982. The papers include correspondence, official military records, clippings, press releases, reports, memoranda, photographs, printed material, two unpublished manuscripts, and a diary (1941) recording Rigdon's naval service as the United States entered World War II. The materials pertain to Rigdon's naval service, particularly as the Assistant Naval Aide (1942-1953) to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, and after his retirement from the Navy, as Executive Manager of the Virginia Hotel Company. Topics documented by the collection include descriptions of Manila before and during World War II, the Potsdam Conference, and the origins of the Democratic Club (Washington, D.C.).
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William McKinley Rigdon, Rigdon
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University Libraries, Zach S. Henderson Library, "Rigdon (William McKinley) collection" (2017). Finding Aids. 16.